As an avid reader, I have a lot of books. When I was younger, I asked my parents to buy me books all the time. My favorite book series were The Baby-sitters Club and Nancy Drew. (I even asked my dad to enroll me in a BSC book club where I would receive new books & BSC-themed merchandise per month! Nerd! :P) But, eventually, I ran out of space and my books are creatively stacked in different ways to fill any available space in my bookshelf, and to an extent, the corner of my closet.
I’ve read some of the books more than once, while some of them just need one reading and I’m golden. But, I always want new books to have. (It’s my neverending thirst for knowledge :P)
My friend, J.J., had the same problem. She accrued a lot of books, but had to get rid of many of them during her move from California to here. That’s when her friend told her about Paperbookswap.com, which she later passed on to me.
It’s essentially a book swap club, but on a massive scale. You post books that you want to swap and books that you want to have. When someone asks you for a book, you send it to her/him. In return, you earn a credit that you can use to ask for a book you want. So far, I’ve gotten rid of 5 books and have asked for 2 books. I’m still in the process of putting up all the books I want to get rid of. I like knowing that someone else will get something out of my old books, and in a way, I’m spreading the love
I’m not sure if it’s available outside of the U.S. yet. But, if it is, I think it’s worth a try when you want to get rid of old books in exchange for reading something new